How to make a completely scratchbuilt transformer action figure

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  1. AlphAtRiON RZ

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    Hello, I am new to this site so sorry for any armature stuff. I am wondering if anyone knows how to begin completely scratch building a new transformers figure. Any tips on how to make an arm or where to buy hinges/ball joints would be nice. Also if you heat a styrene sheet on a clay model, will the styrene sag to perfectly fit the clay model?
     
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    First off, welcome to the boards!

    For your question, you might want check out the Radicons section of the forums, you will get valuable advice in building TFs from scratch, plus other useful stuff that you can use to improve existing Transformers.
     
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    Bionicle and lego have great parts, also you need to have a toy vehicle or scale madel kit to cut up. it helps to have a few junker transformers or maybe an existing figure can have a new vehicle sculpted onto it, see RESHELLING in the radicons section.

    heres a few links to help you get started.

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/tutorials-how-tos/646924-masterpiece-prowl-how-i-build-jarrod.html

    Mech9.com » Blog Archive » Scratch Built Megatron Figure
     
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    Thanks for the help. I will look into all of that
     
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    People have been doing wonderful things with styrene and 3D printing.
     
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    Welcome to TFW2005.COM! Threads of this nature belong here, in Creative General Discussion. This of this subforum as your "creative think tank" and a place to discuss all things related to the creative side of our hobby. Be sure to share your work with us in the Creative forums!
     
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    Welcome. One thing I'll say right off the bat is making your own figure is not easy. Patience will take you a long way. Don't get discouraged, and realize you may get to a point where it would be easier to start over than to continue working on the parts you have. This is not you failing, it's you learning.

    To answer your last question. You can heat form styrene to fit a shape, but to make it fit "perfectly" you will most likely need to vacuum form the part. Look it up (like google) for tutorials and videos.

    But right now I think you need to jump in head first into the radicons tutorials and everything else you can find on the subject. You have a lot to learn, and getting some sort of knowledge foundation will help you keep focused over the long run. Good Luck! This isn't easy, but it's very rewarding.

    Randy!